Friday, November 28, 2014

Top 10 Places to Recognize Native Americans

Great Minquas Path  went from the Susquehanna River to what is now Philadelphia, on the Schuylkill River.

1. Lancaster County (link) to a description of this location in Gap, PA on Route 30 between 897 and 41.

2. Chester County (pictured) located at Route 322 (High Street) and Church Avenue in West Chester






3. Delaware County (pictured) Rose Valley Road and Traymore Road in the borough of Rose Valley near Hedgerow and he Old Mill.




4. Philadelphia (link) to a description of this location Marker is at the intersection of Main Street and Island Avenue, on the right when traveling west on Main Street.


5. The Point of View bronze sculpture by James A. West, located on the Grand View Scenic Byway looks over the Three Rivers that connect in Pittsburgh. It.represents the meeting between George Washington and Seneca leader Guyasuta, once allies, then veterans on opposing side in the French and Indian War.





6. Ghost in the Head is a Native American re-enactor that I saw in July in Monroeville, PA. He travels around to educated people on the customs of the Huron Indians. He talked about face paint and jewelry and the pouch that Indians travel with, their chi. 



He built the traditional dome shaped wigwam Indian shelter on a frame of tree branches covered with the leaves of cattails.



7. Trail of the Whispering Giants statue can be found in Ocean City, Maryland down by the big boardwalk parking lot. The monument was carved from a 100 year old oak. The monument was a gift from Peter Toth to Maryland and represent the Assateague Indian. The Assateagues were a sub-tribe of the Nanticokes both spoke a dialect of the Lenapes or Delaware Indian. Toth has over 70 monuments and plans to have one in every state to pay homage to raise the nation's consciousness as to the plight of Native Americans. Here is a link to some of his other carvings. Pennsylvania has two of his works, one in Sharon, PA and Williamsport, PA. 




8. An Indian Monument in Tuckerton, NJ was moved here from its original location in Camdem.  This blogger link bassriverhistory.blogspot.com has a more complete explanation of the statue. 

IN MEMORY OF OUR BROTHERS
WHO MADE THE SUPREME SACRIFICE
IN THE WORLD WAR  1917-1919
MEMORIAL TO ALL MEMBERS
IMPROVED ORDER OF REDMEN
GREAT COUNCIL OF NEW JERSEY
DEDICATED OCTOBER 13, 1920
CAMDEN, N.J.
REDEDICATED MAY 21, 1981
TUCKERTON, N.J.





9. This newspaper clipping of Geronimo is part of the Christian Sanderson collection at the Sanderson Museum located at 1755 Creek Road, in Chadds Ford.  Chris made a note that he actually saw this noted Indian twice at the St. Louis World's Fair and Teddy Roosevelt's Inauguration.  Also in the collection you can see the signature of Sitting Bull 3 weeks before he was killed.  The Sanderson Museum has many amazing artifacts.





10. Lewis and Clark led the Corp of Discovery on an Expedition funded by Thomas Jefferson to find the Northwest passage to the Pacific Ocean. It was a successful journey even though they discovered there was no true waterway connection. It would not have been possible without the help of Native Americans along the way and Sakakawea, a Shoshone Indian woman played an integral part in this accomplishment.  A statue of Sakakawea is located in the U.S. Capitol Visitor Center.

Photo courtesy of Architect of The Capitol

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